Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins

Natural Remedies for Varicose VeinsVaricose veins can be painful, uncomfortable and may even leave you feeling embarrassed when it comes to showing your legs. Sure, a vein specialist can tell you all you need to know about treatment options such as vein stripping, laser or radiofrequency energy ablation or vein injections; but, there’s plenty of natural at-home remedies that can be used in the prevention and treatment of pesky varicose veins.

Basic Prevention of Varicose Veins:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet
  • Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time
  • Prop your feet up more often
  • Avoid crossing your legs too much
  • Flex your feet regularly
  • Don’t wear clothing that is tight and restricting

If you already have varicose veins, the above methods may help subdue symptoms. Also, try wearing compression stocking to improve blood flow.

Remedies and Herbs for Treatment of Varicose Veins:

  • Butcher’s broom. An herb from the lily family, butcher’s broom is said to help tighten, strengthen and decrease inflammation in veins. This helps blood flow up the legs. Butcher’s broom can be ingested or a compress can be applied externally.
  • Witch Hazel. Full of tannins, gallic acids and essential acids, witch hazel can be taken internally as a tea, but often proves to be better used in a compress. Witch hazel tightens and soothes aching varicose veins and decrease inflammation as well.
  • St. John’s Wort. This herb is also helpful for inflammation. Infusions of St. John‘s Wort provide nutrients and compounds that will work to nourish your stressed veins. It can be used externally or internally but is best if fresh or freeze dried.
  • Flavonoids. Flavonoids are classified as plant pigments and are beneficial for blood vessel health, the reduction of inflammation and the protection of your cells. By eating foods that are rich in flavonoids like cherries, dark berries and plums, you can strengthen your veins.
  • Rosemary. Rosemary strengthens and protects your vessels with antioxidants while also improving circulation. You can use rosemary topically or include it into your diet.

When applied externally, lavender, castor oil, horse chestnut seed extract, yarrow and chamomile are all useful in reducing inflammation and healing the enlarged varicose veins.

If you are suffering from varicose veins, try some of these natural remedies to reduce painful symptoms and to get your legs looking their best.

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